# Game 9.
Starting a new game with stefanp.
stefanp rolled 4, Ivan rolled 3
stefanp makes the first move.
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O           X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O              X |
   | X           O    |   |  O              X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 5
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  stefanp rolled 3 4.

stefanp says: I like the splitting play here - but prefer to only come
up to his 4pt

stefanp moves 12-16 1-4 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        X  X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O     X        X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 5
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: Ivan

Ivan says: I hit on the 4pt almost whatever - I don't like that split
much

Ivan rolls 5 and 3.

Ivan says: Making 3pt is bad because he split - and he can anchor. Hit
is clear. It puts the cube within reach if he rolls badly, and he
dances about 3% of the time as well

stefanp says: Hitting is clear here

Ivan moves 24-21 21-16 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        O  X    | X |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O     X        X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 5
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-1   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: stefanp

stefanp rolls 6 and 3.

stefanp says: I think coming out to his 9pt covers my outer board
better

stefanp moves bar-3 3-9 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        O  X    |   |  X              O |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X        X  O    |   |  O     X        X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 5
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: Ivan

Ivan says: I agree with the move - keeps the advanced anchor hope
alive and duplicates fours. Although he's blotty, I want to do
something constructive before even thinking about doubling

Ivan rolls 3 and 5.

Ivan says: Now making the 3pt is highly inferior - it plays behind his
potential anchor, is too deep otherwise in this game, and leaves a
shot and a half on the 16pt. Running to the 8pt is execrable

stefanp says: As he is ahead in the race he should just safety his
runner to his 8pt I think

Ivan moves 24-21 21-16 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        O  X    |   |  X                |
   | O        O  X    |   |  X                |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X        X  O    |   |  O     X        X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 5
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: stefanp

stefanp says: Whoops, missed that. Probably right for him - but allows
me to make my innerboard now (but first I need an advanced anchor)

stefanp rolls 1 and 1.

stefanp says: I think I'll start an innerboard point and keep my men
spread out to make things awkward for him

stefanp moves 9-10 10-11 11-12 19-20 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        O  X    |   |  X  X             |
   | O        O  X    |   |  X                |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O     X        X |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 5
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: Ivan

Ivan says: We differ. I haven't moved so far forward that he
absolutely needs the threat from the 1pt, and with his available play
from the outfield, an anchor is not bad. Now I can play to the 11pt in
relative safety, or can slot a man there.

Ivan rolls 3 and 4.

Ivan says: Jelly might like the double hit - takes his roll away
(stops him making 5pt next turn), and leaves just the single hit.
Stacking the 6pt gives him time to be constructive - more dangerous
for me, with effect immediately. Doing anything else leaves one direct
and one indirect shot at best. Only because it takes his whole roll
away (except doubles), I hit twice (plus the rehit on 20pt of course)

stefanp says: An awkward roll - hitting both back men might work for
him but as he is ahead in the race I prefer the safe play. Hitting
both men may start a blot hitting contest on his side of the table
which he probably doesn't want

Ivan moves 8-4 4-1 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        O  X    | X |  X  X             |
   | O        O  X    | X |  X                |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O              O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 5
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-2   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: stefanp

stefanp rolls 6 and 4.
The only possible move is bar-4 .
stefanp moves bar-4 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        O  X    | X |  X  X             |
   | O        O  X    |   |  X                |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O     X        O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 5
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-1   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: Ivan

Pipcounts: Ivan 144   stefanp 164

Ivan says: A double if the 1pt weren't slotted

Ivan rolls 6 and 2.

Ivan says: And my 1pt man stops me hitting loose on the 4pt. I can't
duplicate ones anywhere, for leaving an outfield blot. I'm ahead in
pips, so I start to bring them round the corner

stefanp says: He can't cover his blot - 16-8 is probably best for him
while I am on the bar

Ivan moves 16-10 10-8 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        O  X    | X |  X  X             |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O     X        O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 5
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-1   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: stefanp

stefanp rolls 6 and 2.

stefanp says: The two is forced - 12-18 is probably the best six,
keeping the back men where they are for harrasment purposes while
bringing another builder down for my innerboard

stefanp moves bar-2 12-18 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        O  X  X |   |  X  X             |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O     X     X  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 5
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: Ivan

Pipcounts: Ivan 136   stefanp 156

Ivan says: I was lucky to get away with that. Now I'm 20 pips up and
odds on to play safe. The man on 2pt is a big threat, plus if I'm hit,
he can pick up the 1pt man with any rehits. And by the time that's
happened, he has a good board and a forward position, whereas I have a
stacked 'played safe' position. Therefore, no double

Ivan rolls 1 and 2.

stefanp says: Safetying the man on the 16pt is best

Ivan moves 16-14 14-13 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O           X  X |   |  X  X             |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O           X    |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | 6                |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O     X     X  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 5
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: stefanp

stefanp rolls 5 and 4.

stefanp says: I need some innner board points for when I get a shot -
I could come up to his bar point but there's not much point while my
board is the way it is. My back men are still making it awkward for
him and his blot on the 1pt doesn't help

Ivan says: Leaving the man on 2pt is clear

stefanp moves 17-22 18-22 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O           X    |   |  X  X     X       |
   | O           X    |   |  X        X       |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | 6                |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O     X     X  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 5
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 5 and 2.

Ivan says: Ugly as it is, I want to make the 1pt. If I don't, I can't
make the 4pt or 2pt, which I want to start doing as soon as possible.
My aim is to play a beginner's game - run them home in maximum safety.
Putting a man on 11pt invites 10 hits. Again, it's ugly but I stack
the 6pt with the five

stefanp says: Making his 1pt is clear - and then down from the
midpoint to start an offense is also best as I still have a blot in my
innerboard. No need to hit on the 4pt as he is well ahead in the race

Ivan moves 6-1 8-6 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O           X    |   |  X  X     X       |
   | O           X    |   |  X        X       |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | 6                |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X                |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O              O |
   | X           O    |   |  O     X     X  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 5
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: stefanp

Ivan says: I'm much happier with the 1pt made - imagine what 42 for me
looks like now compared with the position if I hadn't made it

stefanp says: His safe play leaves him very stripped - I don't know
which was right there - Jelly?

stefanp rolls 6 and 4.

stefanp says: I am way behind in the race so running one of the back
men is pointless - better to wait for him. I bring down two more
builders

stefanp moves 12-18 12-16 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        X  X  X |   |  X  X     X       |
   | O           X    |   |  X        X       |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | 6                |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |  O                |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O              O |
   | X           O    |   |  O     X     X  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 5
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 1 and 2.

Pipcounts: Ivan 126   stefanp 137

Ivan says: 11 pips up and a 12 to play. Stefan'll be 14 pips down when
on roll with an excellent board building. Not even close to a double.
Safest play is 6-3 (no hit). To hit, he has to move his best holding
man up one point. I can only cover it with 3s, 64, 55 or 11. 13-10
leaves 16 hits, and it's equally uncertain to be covered next roll

stefanp says: He must leave a blot here, but where? Hitting is
probably best as my board is in a bad state and he needs innerboard
points

Ivan moves 6-5 5-3 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        X  X  X |   |  X  X     X       |
   | O           X    |   |  X        X       |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | 6                |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   | X           O    |   |  O              O |
   | X           O    |   |  O     X  O  X  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 5
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: stefanp

stefanp says: He doesn't hit - I now have a whole roll to play with. I
think that is a mistake because I still have the direct shot

stefanp rolls 6 and 1.

stefanp says: I must hit and make my bar point

stefanp moves 2-3 12-18 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        X  X  X |   |  X  X     X       |
   | O           X  X |   |  X        X       |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | 6                |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   |             O    |   |  O              O |
   | X           O    | O |  O     X  X     O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 5
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-1 X-0   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: Ivan

Ivan rolls 1 and 5.

Ivan says: No comment

stefanp says: The double hit is clear - I now need an anchor
desperately

Ivan moves bar-20 13-12 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        X  X  X | X |  X  O     X       |
   | O           X  X | X |  X        X       |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   |             O    |   |  O              O |
   | O           O    |   |  O     X  X     O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 5
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-2   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: stefanp

stefanp rolls 6 and 2.
The only possible move is bar-2 .
stefanp moves bar-2 .
    13 14 15 16 17 18       19 20 21 22 23 24
   +------------------------------------------+ X: stefanp - score: 4
   | O        X  X  X | X |  X  O     X       |
   | O           X  X |   |  X        X       |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |  X                |
   | O                |   |                   |
  v|                  |BAR|                   |    11-point match
   |                  |   |                   |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   |                  |   |  O                |
   |             O    |   |  O              O |
   | O           O    |   |  O     X  X  X  O |
   +------------------------------------------+ O: Ivan - score: 5
    12 11 10  9  8  7        6  5  4  3  2  1

   BAR: O-0 X-1   OFF: O-0 X-0   Cube: 1  turn: Ivan

Pipcounts: Ivan 139   stefanp 160

stefanp says: He may consider a double here. If he doubles I think I
must drop because of the gammon danger

Ivan says: 21 pips up, he's on the bar, four to hit in the outfield,
most other numbers play well. He has good timing - not all four men
are going to stay in my board and I'm not holding them in. However, I
have all the momentum and can do good things. Not enough ammo to
attempt a gammon, plus he'll anchor almost whatever

Ivan doubles.

Ivan says: He's got a lot of play left. Unless he dances, he's still
well in the game

stefanp says: he doubles - can I take this? Hmmmm

stefanp gives up. Ivan wins 1 point.
score in 11 point match: Ivan-6 stefanp-4

Ivan says: I would take that - I was very inflexible, no prime, almost
no board